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Thursday, March 26, 2015

JazzJose JamesYesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday[Capitol]∆∆∆Jose James calls Billie Holiday his “musical mother.” He’s far from alone in... Read More

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Aurora OrchestraRoad Trip[Warner Classics]3 starsA lot of this album is pretentious but I like the idea of what the Aurora Orchestra is trying to do, to present classical music along with pop, and a... Read More

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PopMini MansionsThe Great Pretenders[Friction]3 starsHow do you make existential despair sound like fun? Pop music has wrestled with this conundrum forever. Or perhaps I should say, good pop music... Read More

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chant: Into the LightThe Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz[Obsculta Music]Four starsSince 1183, seven times a day starting at 5:15 a.m., the monks at Austria’s monastery of Heiligenkreuz... Read More

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

JazzJose JamesYesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday[Capitol]3 starsJose James calls Billie Holiday his “musical mother.” He’s far from alone in jazz song in... Read More

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jazz/R&B/World Beat Marcus Miller, “Afrodeezia” (Blue Note). As a composer and player able to summon grand vistas and command evocative moods without the aid of song lyrics, Marcus... Read More

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hip-hopKendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly[Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope]4 starsName a hip-hop masterpiece, an album of stunning creativity and game-changing vision, from the past 10 years. Having... Read More

By Jeff Simon » Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jazz Rachel Caswell "All I Know: Duets with Dave Stryker and Jeremy Allen" [Turtle Ridge] 3.5 stars “You Don’t Know What Love Is” is one of the small but authentic miracles of what... Read More

By Jeff Miers » Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hip-hop Kendrick Lamar "To Pimp a Butterfly" [Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope] 4 stars Name a hip-hop masterpiece, an album of stunning creativity and game-changing vision, from the past... Read More

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Rock Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti (3 CD/2 CD/3 CD 3 LP/3 LP/2 LP/Digital Download; Atlantic/Rhino). Trying to declare a single Led Zeppelin album to be the ultimate one is as tough as declaring a... Read More

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